OLD WOMAN BAY
N 47°47.446’ W 084°53.831’
If you’re headed east or driving there and back make sure you check your fuel round Pancake Bay. It’s a fair hop from anywhere but Wawa, a half-hour west of the park. Located inside Lake Superior Provincial Park, Old Woman Bay is one of my favourite stops. Named for the silhouette of the face you see looking up into the sky created by the contours of the 200 foot opposing cliff. The shadows even form the eyes and nose lines so its more than just a silhouette. The Bay is the outlet for the Old Woman River. I know, limited creativity in someone’s naming of locations, but there’s always people fishing for bass in it. The beach is a mix of sand and small rocks, with some beautiful driftwood creations washed up through it. The beach itself is huge. Every single time I’ve passed through, I stopped to do my stretches or a yoga flow on its shore. There’s just something magical about this place, that’s drawn me back again and again. If you’re fortunate, you might get to watch a storm blow in too…The parking lot sitting over the beach offers a great view. A few times, I’ve woken up the next morning, wound up car camping after putting my seat back to watch the clouds and thunder roll in over the cresting waves. It is a pay per use, and due to theft, this year you have to grab your pass miles away. So I guess technically I stole myself some freedom and beauty this time. Still not fixed, and no regrets. If you're into hiking there are also trails for you to use. Do I really have to reiterate, the water is clear and freezing cold, like any beach on Lake Superior? Swim at your peril. Exaggerating, but you will definitely know you’re alive.
© sleeping under the stars 2021